As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, Avakov told journalists about yet another case of the blinding laser weapon use against Ukrainian troops by combined Russian-terrorist forces in the occupied Donbas.
'We decorated two our servicemen today. One of them sustained injuries caused by laser weaponry, which damages the retina. It concerns, above all, the border guards who observe the situation, using respective equipment all the time. It's not the first time that they used this weapon against members of the State Border Guard Service and the National Guard of Ukraine," the minister said.
"We are now considering the countermeasures, such as filters, protective goggles etc. But the fact is that the Russian aggressors are using a new kind of weapon against us," Avakov stressed.
The minister added that Ukraine intends to bring up the issue of using laser weapons at the international level. "A laser beam always hits unexpectedly. Blinding someone is an act of barbarism," the high-ranking official said.
Ukraine's State Border Guard Service recorded the use of the prohibited laser weapons by the Russian-backed militants at Marinka checkpoint in the Donetsk region.